Parks & Recreation Department News Releases for 2023


Manito Holiday Lights Return Dec. 9 – 19, 2023

Dec. 6 at 1:43 p.m. - The beloved holiday light show at Manito Park returns this year, with designated nights to either drive or walk a half-mile loop


Riverfront's Numerica Tree Lighting & Winter Market Nov. 25

Nov. 21 at 1:16 p.m. - Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at Riverfront Park with two signature events on Saturday, November 25, 2023.

Expo 50th Celebration Announces Launch of Club '74

Nov. 21 at 11:19 a.m. - The team behind Expo ’74’s 50th anniversary celebration is excited to announce the launch of Club ’74.

Numerica Skate Ribbon Opens for Ice Skating Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023

Nov. 16 at 12:05 p.m. - The Numerica Skate Ribbon will open Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, welcoming ice skaters for another beautiful winter at Spokane’s downtown park

Parks Invites Feedback on Palisades North Trailhead Improvements

Nov. 16 at 9:38 a.m. - Parks & Recreation invites the community to attend a public workshop on Palisades North Trailhead improvements and opportunities: November 30, 2023

Spokane Parks Receives Grant to Repair Broken Playgrounds at 16 Parks

Nov. 9 at 1:58 p.m. - Spokane Parks & Recreation received a $100,000 grant to repair broken play equipment, like slides and swings, at 16 parks in 2024


New Playground at Wildhorse Park Opens Friday

Oct. 18 at 3:41 p.m. - Wildhorse Park’s new playground will open on Friday, October 20, marked by a ribbon cutting event at 10 a.m.

Make Beacon Hill Public Phase II Open House

Oct. 16 at 10:54 a.m. - he community is invited to attend an open house to discuss the Make Beacon Hill Public Phase II plan

100 New Street Trees Coming to NE & NW Neighborhoods

Oct. 12 at 5:06 p.m. - SpoCanopy tree plantings October 17-19, 2023

Ribbon Cutting Friday for Riverfront’s Renovated Lilac Butterfly

Oct. 11 at 2:15 p.m. - Join us for a ribbon cutting of the Lilac Butterfly Friday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.

New Playground at Grant Park Opens Wednesday

Oct. 3 at 5:58 a.m. - Grant Park’s new playground will open October 4, 2023, marked by a ribbon cutting event at 10 a.m.


WSECU Fall Fest this weekend

Sept. 29 at 12:33 p.m. - Riverfront, Downtown Spokane Partnership, River Park Square, & Spokane Arts are bringing a weekend packed with free family fun 9/30 - 10/1

Liberty Park Receives New Playground, Restroom, Disc Golf Course

Sept. 27 at 9:34 a.m. - Liberty Park’s new playground and restroom will open on Friday, September 29, marked by a ribbon cutting event at 10 a.m.

Riverfront’s Lilac Butterfly Will Fly Again in October

Sept. 27 at 9:17 a.m. - Riverfront park’s iconic lilac butterfly will again get its wings, as it is reconstructed after high winds brought it down in January 2021

Susie Stephens Trail (Phase I) Opens Sept. 28 near Arboretum

Sept. 26 at 11:35 a.m. - Phase I of the new Susie Stephens Trail will open with a ribbon cutting on September 28 at 1 p.m. near W. Woodland Blvd. and D. St.

Spokane Awarded $12M Grant for Urban Forestry

Sept. 19 at 2:50 p.m. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Spokane will receive $12 million in grants aimed at improving the tree canopy in our community.

Historic Corbin Art Center’s 125th Anniversary Sept. 9-17

Sept. 5 at 2:15 p.m. - The historic D. C. Corbin house, now the Corbin Art Center, will mark 125 years with a drop-in event September 9 – 17, 2023 from noon – 7 p.m. daily


Submit Your Expo 50th Anniversary Celebration Proposals

Aug. 3 at 10:18 a.m. - Deadline for proposals is August 31, 2023


Shakespeare in the Park Returns with New Location

July 14 at 3:56 p.m. - Shakespeare in the Park comes to Riverfront, Manito, and Sky Prairie (new this year!) for free community performances


Friday Night Concerts Return to Park Bench Café in Manito Park

June 30 at 9:43 a.m. - Free concerts return to Manito’s Park Bench Café this summer, and kick off tonight, June 30, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Summer Carnival, Symphony Concert, And Fireworks

June 28 at 9:13 a.m. - Riverfront Park is gearing up for a long 4th of July weekend celebration with the ICCU Summer Carnival kicking off Friday

Downtown Zipline - Request for Proposals

June 12 at 2:22 p.m. - City of Spokane Parks & Recreation today posted a Request for Proposals for a feasibility study and possible operation of a downtown zipline

Ribbon Cutting for Renovated Kardong Bridge June 2

June 1 at 9:30 a.m. - Join us for a ribbon cutting to commemorate the renovation of the Don Kardong pedestrian bridge on Friday, June 2 at 11 a.m.


Design Workshop for New Dog Park near Beacon Hill June 6

May 31 at 6:34 p.m. - Design is underway for a dog park along Upriver Dr., and the community is invited to review design concepts & share feedback at a workshop June 6

Stepwell Art Ribbon Cutting Saturday in Riverfront Park

May 5 at 9:48 a.m. - Join Spokane Parks & Recreation and Spokane Arts as we cut the ribbon on Stepwell, Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 11 a.m.

New Playground and Renovated Restroom Coming to Liberty Park

May 4 at 4:39 p.m. - Construction on a new playground and renovated restroom at Liberty Park just got underway

Riverfront Park’s South Suspension Pedestrian Bridge Renovation Begins

May 1 at 10:16 a.m. - Reconstruction of the south suspension pedestrian bridge in Riverfront Park will begin May 8, and re-open to the public in the spring of 2024


Finch Arboretum Hosts Free Arbor Day Festivities Saturday

April 27 at 2:44 p.m. - Join the Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Finch Arboretum

100 New Street Trees Coming to NE & NW Neighborhoods

April 24 at 4:25 p.m. - 100 new street trees will be planted in West Central, Emerson Garfield, Bemiss, Nevada Heights, and Hillyard, as a part of the SpoCanopy program

D.C. Corbin House (Corbin Art Center) Celebrates 125 on April 22

April 20 at 3:28 p.m. - Join the celebration of the D.C. Corbin House’s 125th anniversary on April 22. This historic structure is the home of the Corbin Art Center.

Indian Canyon Golf Course Opens Wednesday

April 10 at 1:19 p.m. - Indian Canyon will open for the season on April 12, 2023

Riverfront Spring Market, Easter Egg Hunts

April 4 at 12:38 p.m. - Join us April 5 for the Spring Market, and April 8 for Easter Egg Hunts!


Call for Artists: King Cole Commemorative Project

March 29 at 3:52 p.m. - The Friends of Riverfront Park are calling artists to submit proposals for an art piece to commemorate King Cole, with a deadline of April 14, 2023

The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course Opened Today

March 29 at 10:34 a.m. - The Creek at Qualchan golf course opened today, making it the third of four City golf courses welcoming golfers for spring

Downriver Golf Course opens March 24, Followed by Esmeralda March 27

March 22 at 1:15 p.m. - Downriver Golf Course is planning to open Friday, March 24, 2023 followed shortly by Esmeralda golf course on Monday, March 27, 2023

The Friends of Manito Creates Endowment Fund for Manito Park

March 10 at 10:49 a.m. - The Friends of Manito is proud to announce the establishment of an endowment fund to support the ongoing preservation and care of Manito Park.


Riverfront Seeks Naming Rights Partner for U.S. Pavilion

Feb. 14 at 4:57 p.m. - Riverfront Park is seeking an exclusive naming rights partner for the iconic Expo '74 U.S. Pavilion


Riverfront Park Debuts New Looff Carrousel Ring Toss, 50% off Jan. 27

Jan. 25 at 5:33 p.m. - Riverfront guests are invited to try out a colorful new interactive carrousel ring toss, designed and donated by local software firm IntelliTect.